Friday, July 1, 2022

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken and The Weekly Menu

This easy slow cooker recipe is great when feeding a crowd.  Only 3 ingredients and a few minutes of hands on time results in tender, flavorful chicken that can be served with tortillas and toppings, a side of rice or used in a casserole.  

Salsa Chicken

I served it up at the Teen's birthday party as one of the entrees with warmed flour tortillas, cheese, sour cream and guacamole so people could roll their own burritos.  There were 2 other entrees as well which meant that after feeding nearly 30 people there was still enough left to create a casserole for another  dinner for 4.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Beef and Pork Ravioli, A Book Review and a Nebbiolo from Langhe #ItalianFWT

Delicious mixture of beef, pork, leeks, and cabbage flavored with garlic and rosemary before being made into tender ravioli and tossed in a butter sage sauce.

Ravioli and Wine

Paired with a 100% Nebbiolo from Langhe, it made for a very enjoyable dinner........

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

A Relish Tray and a Review of The Night Watchman

Remember the Relish Trays that you used to find at every holiday gathering or summer potluck party?  I think it's time we revive the ritual and give those fond memories to our children and grandchildren.

Relish Tray

Rituals and Traditions are so very important.  This point was driven home to me as I listened to The Night Watchman during my morning walks.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Fruit Salad with Rhubarb Syrup, Mint and Basil #SundayFunday

Mixed Berries, Fresh Mint and Basil dressed in a Rhubarb Syrup is delicious as a light dessert on it's own or spooned over pound cake for a more subsantial dessert.

Fruit Salad with rhubarb syrup

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Fresh Garden Harvest Recipes today.......

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Yellow Tail Wine is from NSW, who knew?? And the Weekly Menu #WorldWineTravel

I thought I was going to have to sit out of this month's World Wine Travel event.  The theme, hosted by Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla was Reds from New South Wales.  

When this theme was announced I wasn't concerned about being able to source wines because I was a proud member of and could pretty much get any wine I needed.  Then tragedy struck and is no longer able to ship to Michigan.  I checked with Total Wines and found that they do carry wines from NSW but not here in Michigan.  I checked with my friend Dave who works for a wine wholesaler, he was unable to help me.

Yellow Tail Wine

So I announced to the group that I was unable to participate and Robin of Crushed Grape Chronicles advised that Yellow Tail wines were from Riverina in NSW.  Who knew?  Yellow Tail wine is available everywhere!!!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Tropical Milkshake #DairyWeek

All the Tropical Flavors that you love blended into an American treat, topped with red, white and blue sprinkles making it perfect for Independence Day.

Tropical Milkshake

 Today is the final day of our National Dairy Month celebration.......

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Pineapple Lime Mini Bundts #BundtBakers

Tender cake flavored with lime and fresh pineapple chunks in individual baby bundts that are perfect for taking on your summer gatherings.

Pineapple Lime Mini Bundts

It's time for the Bundt Bakers.........

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Happy Birthday Kirsie--I am serving up your Eclair Cake for #DairyWeek in memory of you.

Cream puff crust and custard filling topped with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate.  This delicious dessert is sure to become a family favorite.

Eclair Cake

It is the second installment of this year's Dairy Week event......

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Sunshine Sushi Roll and a Book Review #LitHappens

Sunshine Sushi Rolls stuffed with smoked salmon, cucumber, avocado and cream cheese so named because they were inspired by the novel, Klara and the Sun, our June Lit Happens read.


Monday, June 20, 2022

Greek Orange Phyllo Cake #CakeSliceBakers

Orange soaked cake of phyllo dough, eggs, greek yogurt and sugar topped with whipped cream and candied orange slices.

Orange Phyllo Cake

It's time for the Cake Slice Bakers......

Milk Cookies #DairyMonth

 Enjoy these milk cookies with a big glass of cold milk.  They are crispy, delightful and fun to make.

Milk Cookies

The Festive Foodies are celebrating National Dairy Month this week.......

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Strawberries with Minted Yogurt #SundayFunday

Enjoy the best of the Summer Bounty with this easy and delicious recipe.  Perfect for a light dessert, as breakfast in the morning or as a refreshing snack anytime.

Strawberries with Minted Yogurt

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Yogurt Recipes today......

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Leftover Steak Teriyaki Soup and the Weekly Menu #SoupSaturdaySwappers

 It's grilling season.  For many that means steaks but what to do with the leftovers?  You can serve 4 for lunch the next day with any leftover steak by making this quick and easy Teriyaki Soup. 

Leftover Steak Teriyaki Soup

The Soup Saturday Swappers are starting with Leftovers today........

Friday, June 17, 2022

Cremant Wine Battered Perch; Michigan and French Classics Collide #FishFridayFoodies #Winophiles

Fresh Michigan Lake Perch dredged in a batter made with Cremant from France.  This was the crispiest, tastiest fish I have ever made.  Beer batter has been replaced with Cremant batter in this household.

Fried fish and wine

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Memphis Style BBQ Sauce #MoviesandMunchies

This amazing vinegar based barbecue sauce is the perfect condiment, glaze or addition to your pulled pork, pulled chicken, or Memphis style ribs.  I served it up with pulled pork that had cooked to perfection on the smoker.  

Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ Sauce

I was inspired to change up my BBQ sauce after watching Uncorked......

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Baby Babkas #BreadBakers

These little baby babkas are like individual chocolate cinnamon rolls.  So good.  You can add a cream cheese icing for an even closer resemblence to cinnamon rolls but I enjoyed them just as they were.

Baby Babkas

It's time for Bread Bakers.......

Monday, June 13, 2022

Papardelle and Scallops in Saffron Cream inspired by Elsewhere, A Novel by Dean Koontz

Sweet, tender scallops poached in butter and tossed with papardelle and brocolli in a sauce flavored with a touch of saffron.  Comfort food at it's finest.

Papardelle and Scallops

I was inspired to create this recipe after listening to Elsewhere by Dean Koontz......

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Patriotic Jello Bars and the Weekly Menu#SundayFunday

These Red White and Blue bars are the perfect dessert for your July 4th Potluck but are delicious and welcome anytime you want to feed a crowd.

Jello Dessert

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Dessert recipes today.....

Saturday, June 11, 2022

A Portable Orange Chardonnay Seltzer Perfect for a Picnic #WinePW

 Ahhhhhhh....Summertime and the livin' is easy....

I love summertime in Michigan.  A lot of people like to vacation in the summer.  We may take some small trips, mostly in different parts of Michigan but for most of the summer there is no place I would rather be than in my own backyard.

fish sandwich and Decoy Seltzer

Friday, June 10, 2022

Chimi Burger #EattheWorld

In the Dominican Republic they call their burgers Chimichurri, not to be confused with the condiment served in Argentina.  The name is the same but these burgers known casually as a Dominican Chimi Burger are all about the sauce and the toppings.

Chimi Burger

Come visit the foods of the Dominican Republic as we Eat the World........

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Shrimp #ImprovCookingChallenge

This delicious pasta is dressed in a pesto that contains not only basil but also spinach, parsley and roma tomato for an added nutritional boost.  Add some colorful cherry and grape tomatoes, some fresh asparagus and some tender shrimp and you have a complete one bowl meal in less than half an hour.

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Our Improv Cooking Challenge this month calls for us to use Pasta and Greens.......

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Roasted Tomato Caprese #BrunchWeek

Tomato halves seasoned simply with salt and pepper and roasted until flavorful then topped with fresh Mozzarella and basil leaves before being drizzled with olive oil.  A perfect addition to your Brunch or BBQ.

Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

This is Day 3 of Brunch Week.......

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Sweet Sausage Rolls and a Book Review #BrunchWeek

In a twist on the classic pigs in the blanket these little bite size goodies are baked in a buttery, sweet and nutty sauce.

Sweet Sausage Rolls

Welcome to Day 2 of Brunch Week.......

Monday, June 6, 2022

Crustless Broccoli and Cheese Mini Quiches #BrunchWeek

These little bite size, crustless quiches are perfect for on your brunch buffet or as an appetizer to snack on while waiting for a plated brunch.  

Mini Quiche

Today is the first day of Brunch Week.......

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Grilled New York Strip Steaks with Herb Compound Butter #SundayFunday

We all love grilled steaks but for some reason those we get at a steakhouse have a little something extra that we crave when dining at home.  Enter a herb compound butter that will transport your steaks from deliciously good to amazingly delicious!!

Grilled Steaks with Compound Butter

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are celebrating National Steakhouse Month......

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Roasted Quail Sheet Pan Dinner inspired by The Rose Code and the Weekly Menu

Tender quail, roasted to a golden brown, on a sheet pan along with fingerling potatoes and fresh broccoli makes for a delicious and different dinner. Fancy enough to serve to Royalty as it was in The Rose Code by Kate Quinn.

Quail, potatoes and broccoli

Friday, June 3, 2022

Another Trip to Orvieto to Enjoy Dessert #ItalianFWT

This rustic blueberry crostata is the perfect ending to a wonderful dinner with friends.  I served it up with some homemade Lemon Ice Cream and paired it with a Cardeto Donna Armina Orvieto Classico Superiore.

blueberry galette and wine

The Italian Food Wine and Travel group are visiting the Native White Grapes of Italy......

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Chicken and Cashew Salad with Ginger Dressing #FoodieExtravaganza

This delicious salad is a wonderful and colorful main course dinner with molasses and soy marinated chicken breast on top of tender baby spinach with crunch from the cabbage, cashews and chow mein noodles.  

Chicken and Cashew Salad

It's National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month........

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad #SundayFunday

This salad makes a great side dish for outdoor gatherings and can also be a stand alone main course salad for those who choose to go meatless.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Quinoa recipes today......

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Harvey Wallbanger for Shoulder Season

 This iconic cocktail was all the rage in the 1970's.  I remember my folks enjoying them but I was still too young to partake and by the time I was old enough they were no longer in fashion.

Harvey Wallbangers

I was reminded of this cocktail while reading Shoulder Season when vacationing in Cabo earlier this month.  When we got home, Frank looked up the recipe and we toasted having the resources to go on a wonderful vacation and having a perfect home to which to return........

Friday, May 27, 2022

Olivye (Ukrainian Potato Salad) and the Weekly Menu #MoviesandMunchies

We took a detour in Movies and Munchies this month and instead of watching a film we watched episodes of  Servant of the People starring President Zelensky before he was President of Ukraine and before the invasion.

Servant of the People (Netflix photo)

I have watched several of the episodes and I can see why Zelensky caught the heart of his people and won the election.  I'm not sure that I would have voted for the man strictly based on his portrayal of a president but, luckily, for the Ukraine he was up to the job.

Lemony Shrimp Pasta #LemonWeek

Wondering what to do with that 1/4 bottle of bubbly that is left in the refrigerator?  Wonder no more....
This easy and delicious pasta comes together quickly.  The lemon and wine give it a brightness while the mushrooms, shrimp and cheese  combine to make a complete one dish meal.

Lemony Shrimp Pasta

It is the final day of Lemon Week.......

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Peach Chicken and a Chardonnay from Fowles Farm #WorldWineTravel

This delicious Australian chicken dish is quick, easy and perfect for a weeknight meal while fancy enough to serve to guests.  It paired perfectly with this Chardonnay from Fowles Farm in Victoria.

Apricot Chicken with Fowles Farms Wine

The World Wine Travel group are still visiting Australia and I am lucky enough to be hosting this month......

Easy Peasy Lemon Cookies #LemonWeek

5 ingredients and 20 minutes of your time provides you with these wonderful cookies that are soft and chewy, sweet and tart.  

Lemon Cookies

Today is the 4th Day of Lemon Week.......

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Lemon Loaf Cake #LemonWeek

This moist, bright, and tender cake is baked up in a loaf pan and topped with a light, sweetly tart glaze.  it is perfect at your next brunch or afternoon tea as well as after dinner as dessert.

lemon loaf cake

It is Day 3 of Lemon Week......

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Lemon Ice Cream #LemonWeek

Creamy, Sweet and Tart this lemon ice cream is perfect as a refreshing dessert on it's own or as an addition to a fruit based tart, pie or galette.

lemon ice cream

It's Day 2 of Lemon Week........

Monday, May 23, 2022

Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs #LemonWeek

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, nestled with lemon and baked in a savory Asian flavored sauce for a delicious and nutritious meal when served up with a side of steamed rice and blistered green beans.

Dinner plate

Welcome to Lemon Week.......

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Cowboy Beans #SundayFunday

These delicious and hearty beans are sure to be the talk at your next picnic potluck.  Several different types of beans, hamburger. onion and jalapeno combined in a slightly sweet savory sauce.  So dang good!!!

Cowboy Beans

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Picnic Recipes today.......

Saturday, May 21, 2022

5 Can Vegetable Soup #SoupSaturdaySwappers

Life doesn't get much easier than this soup that requires nothing more than a stove, a pot and a can opener.  It is a great meal for children who are learning to cook, college students in a dorm room with only a hot plate or microwave, young couples on a tight budget and harried parents who need to get dinner on the table after work in a rush so they can get the kids to their practices in time.

5 can vegetable soup

The Soup Saturday Swappers are sharing soups with corn today......

Friday, May 20, 2022

Visiting the Wines of Southwest France outside of Bordeaux #Winophiles

The French Winophiles are heading to Southwest France today and I have three wines to share with you that are perfect for the warm summer months that we are all looking forward to.

Chilean Sea Bass with Bergerac Sec

When Linda of My Full Wine Glass  announced that we were going to visit the wines of Southwest France, I went out and bought this bottle of Belingard Bergerac Sec.

Smoked Salmon Rolls and the Weekly Menu #FishFridayFoodies

These are a fun little pop in your mouth appetizer perfect for your next outdoor gathering.  Smoked Salmon, cream cheese and the surprise ingredient, fennel, creates a taste sensation.

Smoked Salmon Rolls

It's time for Fish Friday Foodies.............

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Jelly Donut Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

This jelly donut bundt cake is super easy to make starting with a boxed cake mix and was a huge hit with the family celebrating Frank's birthday.

birthday cake

It's time for the Bundt Bakers..........

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Open Faced Potato Salad Sandwiches for The One; A Novel #LitHappens

Before we left on vacation, we had an impromptu neighborhood gathering.  I put ribs on the smoker and chicken on the rotisserie and asked everyone to bring a dish.  My neighbor and our Teen's aunt, Michelle, brought these wonderful little open faced sandwiches that I am going to serve all summer long.

open faced sandwiches

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sharing Shortcake, Our Homecoming Debacle, Making My Menu #SundayFunday

Leftover Lemon Loaf topped with macerated mixed berries and topped with whipped cream makes for a unique and delicious shortcake that is ready in a flash.

Leftover Lemon Loaf Shortcake

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Shortcake Recipes today......

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Slowing Down and Enjoying Life with Castoro Cellars Zinfusion #WinePW

Slow down and enjoy life with these easy, tender and delicious pork chops that are made in the slow cooker.  Pair them with a wonderful bottle of wine from Castoro Cellars who embrace the slow wine movement, take a deep breath and relax........

Wine and Pork Chops

Friday, May 13, 2022

Cucumber, Corn and Tomato Salad #BBQWeek

 This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. The sponsors, Rainier Foods and Intensity Academy, generously provided samples to participants to aid in the creation of the #BBQWeek recipes and prize packages to give away to the readers. However, all opinions are mine alone.

This wonderful summer salad is a great side for your next BBQ.  Sweet corn, grape tomatoes and cucumbers dressed in a garlicky vinaigrette with just a hint of heat and touch of sweet.

Corn Salad

Today is the final day of BBQ Week.......

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Korean Steak Tacos #ImprovCookingChallenge

 Flour tortillas stuffed with slices of Flank Steak marinated in Korean flavors and grilled to perfection, topped with coleslaw dressed in additional marinade.  

Korean Steak Tacos

It's time for the Improv Cooking Challenge.........

Korean Grilled Flank Steak #BBQWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. The sponsors, Rainier Foods and Intensity Academy, generously provided samples to participants to aid in the creation of the #BBQWeek recipes and prize packages to give away to the readers. However, all opinions are mine alone.

Flank steak tenderized in a marinade seasoned with Gochu and grilled to a perfect medium rare.  Serve this steak with a side of rice and some stir fry veggies, dice it up and add it to a bowl or slice it up and pass the tortillas for a deliciously different taco.

Korean Grilled Flank Steak

We are still celebrating BBQ Week.........

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Asian Ribs #BBQWeek

 This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. The sponsors, Rainier Foods and Intensity Academy, generously provided samples to participants to aid in the creation of the #BBQWeek recipes and prize packages to give away to the readers. However, all opinions are mine alone.

Tender, fall off the bone, baby back ribs with an Asian Spiced Rub and Sour Cherry Glaze bumps up your next barbecue to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Asian Ribs

Join us as we continue or BBQ Week Celebration.......

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Pide Ekmek (Turkish Flatbread) #BreadBakers #Eatthe World

This Turkish Flatbread is light, airy and fluffy.  No kneading required and with only 2 short rising periods it is a quick and delicious bread that your family will love.

Pide Ekmek

Please join me today as Bread Bakers collides with our Eat the World Challenge.......
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